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Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn talks Personal Mythology, LED Art Design and Innovation

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Today’s guest on the show is Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn. In this episode we talk about growing up with artists in the family, design school, pop culture, early hip-hop, street wear, cities being the coral reefs of the human population, personal mythologies, being black adjacent, including yourself, political exclusion, gentrification and God walking out of the room.

Keep in Touch with Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

    1. Website: https://www.studio1thousand.com/
    2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studio1thousand/

Show Notes

  1. Bushwick, Brooklyn
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Studio 1Thousand LED Art Design and Innovation
  4. Museum of the City of New York (A staff favorite of New York Said)
  5. Moiré Interference Pattern
  6. How to make a Moiré Interference Pattern (YouTube Video)
  7. The staircase at the Museum of the City of New York marble stairs- Stairs are back for sharing ideas!
  8. The cross pollination of ideas- too much efficiency causes the loss of organic idea generation & collaboration.
  9. Detail: The Brilliance Behind Cooper Joseph Studio’s Starlight by Joseph Ward
  10. In Focus: Starlight: A precise constellation of LEDs takes shape and becomes the focal point for the Museum of the City of New York’s lobby by Aaron Seward
  11. Starlight
  12. Chris Cooper, AIA
  13. Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
  14. Perot Family Offices, Dallas Texas
  15. The experience should only be experienced with the light.
  16. The story of American Dream
  17. Do you know the family story behind Seattle’s beloved baseball mitt? by Marcie Sillman
  18. Tsutakawa Family Profiled on KUOW by Maiko Kobayashi
  19. Constantin Brâncuși Sculptor
  20. Brâncuși Sculpture Images
  21. Isamu Noguchi American-Japanese artist
  22. Noguchi Sculpture Images
  23. Yayoi Kusama Japanese Artist
  24. Yayoi Kusama Art Images
  25. Did Yayoi Kusama conduct the first gay wedding? (It is Pride Month in New York so we thought we’d share this article too)
  26. Bronze splinters really hurt
  27. So they broke a 350 piece of Japanese pottery…what had happened was…
  28. Wabi-sabi
  29. Japanese Pottery
  30. “Do the work, be successful for yourself aesthetically but don’t place too much value on it” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  31. Be prideful of your work, but be humble.
  32. Art World People vs. Artists
  33. Jeff Staples New York Said Episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  34. George Tsutakawa Painter, Sculptor
  35. Modesty counts
  36. Noguchi Coffee Table
  37. Design Within Reach Noguchi Coffee Table
  38. Aquemini Album – Outkast– Slump Track on YouTube (Baby Gotta Eat)
  39. Artspeak and artist alignment
  40. Neurological connections in creatives
  41. Asperger Syndrome
  42. What Is Autism?
  43. Dave Chapelle Gayle King Interview (Dave Chappelle on fame, leaving “Chappelle’s Show” and Netflix special)
  44. “I was talkin‘ to a guy… he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox,” Chappelle told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “And I think that that was airreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”
  45. Comedy is the resolution of disparate concepts coming together.
  46. “A lot of my work is juxta-positional.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  47. Over connectedness
  48. The difference between basic and minimal
  49. Why Intellectuals Love to Take the Kardashians Seriously
  50. To Our Daughter Kylie Jenner Video on YouTube
  51. Tumblr
  52. The Blue Planet
  53. “Cities are the coral reefs of the human population.“  This is a part of my personal mythology. Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  54. Sanctuary Cities
  55. It took a longtime to call myself a New Yorker.
  56. Queens, NY
  57. Monoculture breeds conservatism which is dangerous.
  58. Brooklyn, NY
  59. New Yorkers are not friendly, but they are helpful.
  60. Pigeons and Hawks in New York
  61. Look out for the people who are directly adjacent. It is really important to look out for people here.
  62. Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
  63. Small town community
  64. Black Adjacent and Adjacent
  65. Sarah Lawrence College
  66. Do not live an undiscovered life.
  67. The challenging times of defining your identity.
  68. Ripple Bar
  69. Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  70. Learn your New York history to respect the people who live there.
  71. Earsnot Graffiti Artist
  72. alife
  73. Only NY
  74. Supreme
  75. G Shock
  76. ComplexCon
  77. The low barrier to entry
  78. Indie Bands
  79. Gentrification
  80. I Am –Nas 3rd Album
  81. Illmatic Full Album
  82. Nevermind
  83. Deltron 3030 Full Album
  84. Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.
  85. The Score
  86. DJ Bruce Lee
  87. DJ 1000
  88. Rakim – The 18th Letter (Always and Forever) + Lyrics Youtube Video
  89. Blackalicious
  90. Hip Hop Music In New York
  91. When doing research you should learn about origin sources
  92. The Roots
  93. DJ Qbert
  94. DJ Stretch Armstrong
  95. DJ Dirty Harry
  96. Hot Waxx Music Store on Jamaica Ave
  97. Beat Street Records on Fulton
  98. Fat Beats
  99. Serato
  100. “I love neon…it is evocative in a historical sense.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  101. Infinity Mirrors
  102. “Light art is intrinsically technical.” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  103. The more precise more it costs.
  104. Ideas are expensive.
  105. OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  106. Luck favors the prepared.
  107. Go out there and make opportunities for yourself.
  108. You have to go out there and get it in NY.
  109. Whether or not people are altruistic?
  110. The acceleration of the commodification of creativity & culture.
  111. Prioritizing commerce over everything else.
  112. When you bring money into the picture, God walks out the room.
  113. In Conversation: Quincy Jones by David Marchese in Vulture
  114. Monetizing creativity
  115. Plenty to learn from other people.
  116. Thank you Sophia Wallace for the connect!

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John “Crash” Matos talks Graffiti: Message, Medium and a Responsibility to History

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Ten days into the new year and we’ve decided drop a new episode for you, beautiful people. Today’s guest on the show is John “Crash” Matos.  Do you live in this world? Do you have sight? Yes? Then I would bet a decent amount of paper that you’ve seen this man’s work.

In this episode Crash and Amon talk about early anime, comics, Style Wars, the adventures of painting trains, shenanigans with Keith Haring, various types of spray paint, spray paints caps and our responsibly to telling the history of graffiti correctly.

Let the record show that is conversation wouldn’t have happened without the help of our good friends at the JoAnne Artman Gallery. We are sincerely grateful for their help but we also highly recommend you visit their gallery out in Chelsea. Whenever we art walk, we always stop in to see what’s up. Location: 511A West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011

Stay Up to Date with John “Crash” Matos

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram

Show Notes

  1. JoAnn Artman Gallery
  2. ConcreteJungle.”by John “CRASH” Matos
  3. TUMI collaborate with Graffiti Artist John “CRASH” Matos on limited-edition travel collection in 2011
  4. Tumi Tag Bag with graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos
  5. Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo (YouTube)
  6. BEHIND BOOGIE DOWN LEGENDARY ARTISTS X THE BRONX ZOO
  7. Grandmaster Caz
  8. Grandmaster Melle Mel
  9. Scorpio of the Furious Five YouTube
  10. The Bronx
  11. Don’t sleep on the Bonx here are few notable movies filmed in the Bronx: The Warriors, The Godfather, Green Book, Rubble Kings
  12. There was no Hip Hop
  13. 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time – Rolling Stone
  14. We listened to everything
  15. Salsa
  16. Led Zeppelin
  17. Led Zeppelin YouTube
  18. Thelonious Monk
  19. The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk by Candace Allen Nov. 6, 2017 The Guardian
  20. Here’s a great documentary on Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
  21. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (Full Album) YouTube
  22. Earth, Wind & Fire
  23. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Official Music Video) YouTube
  24. Disco
  25. Boogie Nights by Lisa Robinson, February 2010 Vanity Fair
  26. Disco Greatest Hits of 1970s – Greatest Oldies Disco 70s – Best Disco Songs
  27. “Music and Graffiti go hand in hand.” Amon Focus
  28. History of Anime
  29. Speed Racer
  30. Speed Racer Full Episodes – Speed Racer Cartoon Full Episodes HD – Speed Racer 3 HoursYouTube
  31. Kimba the White Lion
  32. Kimba The White Lion YouTube
  33. Gigantor
  34. Gigantor YouTube
  35. Marvel Comics
  36. Captain America
  37. Humans
  38. Spider-Man (created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
  39. Another quick recommendation, watch the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! (So good)
  40. Fantastic Four
  41. Avengers: Infinity War
  42. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War – Official Trailer YouTube
  43. Multiverse
  44. The Eye in CRASH’s work.
  45. Robert Williams (artist)
  46. More information on CRASH
  47. Tips From a Maestro of the Spray Can By Jan Ellen Spiegel February 19, 2010 The New York Times
  48. “I zone in.” John “CRASH” Matos
  49. Aeroplane 1 John Matos aka Crash
  50. Pop Art movement
  51. Music is instrumental
  52. Steel Canvases
  53. Art with That Football? Dolphins’ Stadium Vibrant with Color by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
  54. Hard Rock Stadium Unveils New Murals
  55. Ferrari F430 Gets the Art Car Treatment by John “Crash” Matos
  56. “… we paint what poets speak.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  57. John “Crash” Matos « Guitars | Robert Kantor Guitars
  58. Custom motorcycle designed by legendary Bronx graffiti artist John ‘Crash’ Matos
  59. “To be played not displayed.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  60. Crashocaster
  61. John Mayer with EC Telecaster
  62. I.O.U. $5
  63. John Ahearn (artist)
  64. The Mudd Club and “Beyond Words”
  65. The Mudd Club
  66. Keith Haring
  67. 35 Years After Fashion Moda, a Bronx Gallery Revisits the Landmark Space by Tiernan MorganAugust 6, 2015
  68. Don’t Forget Fashion 时装 Moda МОДА Emily Colucci July 22, 2011
  69. Jane Dickson (artist)
  70. Charlie Ahearn (artist)
  71. Wild Style (movie)
  72. Wild Style – Trailer YouTube
  73. Fab 5 Freddy
  74. Julia Gruen
  75. Graffiti Artist Success for America
  76. The 5 and the 2 train
  77. The 6 trains
  78. Hunts Point, Bronx
  79. Broadway Line
  80. We had keys.
  81. Almost electrocuted and almost hit.
  82. “The paint changed the game.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  83. Rust-Oleum
  84. Krylon
  85. Red Devil, Inc.
  86. F. W. Woolworth Company
  87. Martin Paint
  88. Floral paint
  89. Lee Quiñones
  90. Montana
  91. Molotow Belton Spray Paint
  92. Marabu Buntlack Spray Paints
  93. Fat cap- go fast line is sharper and thinner
  94. Skinny cap
  95. Niagra Cap
  96. There is more to this…
  97. Dondi (Artist)
  98. Chris Daze Ellis
  99. Futura (artist)
  100. Lady Pink (artist)
  101. Zephyr (artist)
  102. HAZE aka SE3 (artist)
  103. TAKI 183 talks the History of Graffiti Culture, Classic Cars and the Future of Street Art
  104. Cornbread (artist)
  105. Roy Lichtenstein (artist)
  106. Andy Warhol (artist)
  107. The more you see my name, the more fame I have.
  108. Style Wars (movie/documentary)
  109. Style Wars (1983) (whole movie)
  110. Free base
  111. New Jack City (movie)
  112. Last train in 1981
  113. Cey Adams (artist) Cey Adams talks Def Jam, Logos, Album Covers, Giving Back, Paintings and Murals
  114. Wynwood Walls
  115. Bushwick Collective
  116. The Lesson is Responsibility
  117. Telling the Truth
  118. Street Art is Bubble
  119. KAWS – it appears you owe CRASH a drawing.

 

 

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BlusterOne: The Birth of a PNB Nation, Spirituality and Graffiti

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This episode is brought to you by Peralta Project. Well not officially, I didn’t actually speak to Tony and his team but I’ve love what they’re doing over there. I’m a fan of Tony’s art and of course I love the clothing. Plus he’s been a guest on the show, click here.

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Photography by Laurie Markiewicz

When Tony opened up his shop Taller Peralta, he connected with today’s guest to paint the front gate. Today’s guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne. This is going to be a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about growing up in the Lower East Side, his early graffiti days, Rakim lyrics, religion, spirituality, the Five Percent Nation and his introduction to Islam.

Enjoy.

Keep Up with BlusterOne

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram
  3. 1xRUN

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Part 2 Show Notes

  1. Islam
  2. Quran
  3. Hadith
  4. Hafiz
  5. Islamic Cultural Center of New York
  6. Charlie Hebdo shooting
  7. How are you trying to grow as a human being?
  8. Christianity
  9. Buddhism
  10. Dogma
  11. The globe is bigger than the books
  12. Nuyorican
  13. Latin communities that are Muslim
  14. Moors
  15. History of Spain
  16. Mecca
  17. Make it to Mecca
  18. Malcolm X Explains His Pilgrimage to Mecca 1964
  19. PNB Nation Part 1 from The Limited Edition Magazine
  20. PNB Nation VIBE Article
  21. The 50 Greatest Streetwear T-Shirts of All Time by Jeff Staples in Complex Nov. 19, 2013 (Just a note tying this all together- Jeff was on the New York Said Podcast too- here’s his episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  22. PNB Logo
  23. Post no bills
  24. Cooper Union
  25. Hardcore into Stamps
  26. Casey Rubber Stamps
  27. Afro-Latin Americans
  28. Afro-Puerto Ricans
  29. Shout out to Chessa
  30. Graffiti Culture
  31. Racking- stealing supplies for graffiti writing
  32. Sullivan County Community College
  33. Writer
  34. Behold the Pale Horse (book) by milton william cooper
  35. The Spook Who Sat By the Door YouTube Full Film
  36. SS3Tony
  37. Kahlil “Zulu” Williams Twitter @sergefc
  38. Yuri Kochiyama (political activist)
  39. Roger “Brue” Mchayle Twitter @Brueroc
  40. Issac “West” Rubinstein
  41. Sung Choi Twitter @sungchoi_
  42. Post No Bills
  43. Free Stylin‘: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry: How Hip Hop Changed …By elenaromero
  44. Futura (artist)
  45. 48 Laws of Power by robert greene (book)
  46. Hello my name is…
  47. Sean John
  48. FUBU
  49. Rocawear
  50. Phat Farm
  51. Phillies Blunt Street Wear
  52. The 50 Greatest Pop Culture References In Streetwear by Complex
  53. School of Hard Knocks (visual)
  54. School of Hard Knocks Founder
  55. 555 Soul
  56. Union
  57. FUCT
  58. Stussy
  59. Eric Brunetti Book FUCT
  60. West Coast Streetwear
  61. GAT-Gypsies and Thieves streetwear brand
  62. Freshjive Streetwear brand
  63. Tribal Streetwear
  64. D12 Logo for Anger Management Tour
  65. Keds
  66. RockRubber45s Original Poster Art was done by BlusterOne
  67. What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito Podcast
  68. ‘Rock Rubber 45s’ Q&A with Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love New York Said Episode
  69. Respect for the culture
  70. WBAI FM Third World Cypher Radio Show with BlusterOne and Brue
  71. Shabba Ranks – Wicked in a bed – YouTube
  72. Duffed
  73. Lose with the mouth
  74. Quality of Life
  75. We don’t want no smoke
  76. Many an L taken
  77. Cool with those who are cool with me
  78. If I have my headphones in that means don’t ask me
  79. Amon is giving out fives
  80. That was brought to you by the letter…
  81. Most important lesson thus far is to be about your word. BlusterOne
  82. Honesty
  83. Deathstyles vs. Lifestyles
  84. Forward
  85. Fuse Green Episode: Gun Pockets: The Triumphs and Challenges of Fuse Green
  86. Tony Peralta Episode: M. Tony Peralta shares Insight from his Growth as an Artist and Entrepreneur
  87. Leo
  88. Vault of Culture
  89. Arturo Vega shares his Journey to the Ramones and Beyond Episode
  90. TMNK – Art is my Weapon Episode
  91. Lower East Side

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Contact High: 40 Years of Hip-Hop Photography with Vikki Tobak

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We’re back in Brooklyn, DUMBO to be exact and this time we are kicking it with Vikki Tobak. Vikki is a journalist, producer and the author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. In this episode we talk about growing up in Detroit, her photography moment, working with Gang Starr, working at Paper Magazine, interviewing Diddy when he was on the come up and her journey to Contact High.

About Vikki

  1. Purchase Contact High: A Visual
    History of Hip-Hop
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram

VIKKI TOBAK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Fader, Complex, Mass Appeal, Paper, i-D, the Detroit News, Vibe, and many others. She is a former producer and columnist for CBS MarketWatch, CNN, Bloomberg News, TechTV, and other leading media organizations. Vikki is also the founding curator of FotoDC’s film program and served as the art commissioner/curator for the Palo Alto Public Art Commission in Silicon Valley. She has lectured about music photography at American University, VOLTA New York, Photoville, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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